Pinched nerve causes

Having a pinched nerve causes a variety of symptoms that range in severity and type depending on the specific nerve affected and the cause of the nerve compression.

The spine is especially vulnerable to pinched nerves because of the narrow spaces the nerves must pass through. As we age, the different parts of our spine naturally deteriorate, creating the conditions — disc herniation, spinal narrowing etc. — that cause nerve compression. While none of us are able to avoid the natural aging process, there are also lifestyle factors that can speed along the causes of a pinched nerve.

Spine degeneration

In addition to protecting the spinal cord, the spine is also responsible for carrying much of our upper body weight. Years of normal every-day activity, such as playing tennis, performing household repairs or working a physical job, will eventually take their toll. The discs, vertebrae and joints that make up the spine wear out from this repeated movement.

Degenerative conditions like bulging and herniated discs, spinal narrowing or bone spurs can all compress the nerves in the spine and cause disruptive symptoms. These age-related pinched nerve causes are a natural and unavoidable part of getting older.

Risk factors

There are a number of activities and lifestyle factors that can accelerate spine deterioration and increase your chances of experiencing a pinched nerve. Some of these common pinched nerve causes include:

  • Participation in high-impact sports such as hockey and football
  • Frequent golfing
  • Poor posture
  • Alcohol or tobacco abuse
  • Obesity
  • Living a sedentary lifestyle
  • Having a career that requires frequent bending, twisting or lifting

Treatment options

The good news is that while a pinched nerve can cause you pain, numbness, tingling, muscle weakness and a number of the other symptoms, the condition is treatable.

In many cases, a series of conservative, non-invasive treatments will offer sufficient pain relief from nerve compression. The use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, the application of heat or ice and physical therapy are all proven to be effective methods of treatment for many cases of pinched nerve pain.

Should several weeks or months of conservative treatment fail to provide you with the pain relief you were hoping for, contact Laser Spine Institute. Our minimally invasive, outpatient procedures are a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery. For many patients, a minimally invasive decompression surgery can help relieve pressure on the pinched nerve by removing a small portion of the damaged disc or bone in the spine.

Sometimes, the cause of a pinched nerve can be severe disc damage requiring full disc removal and the fusion of vertebrae. For these situations, the minimally invasive stabilization procedures performed by Laser Spine Institute avoid the long recovery times* of traditional fusion.

Contact us today for a review of your MRI report or CT scan to determine if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery.

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